Monday, July 29, 2013

Man of Steel Movie Review 295

Man of Steel is a 2013 action movie directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Michael Shannon.

The story of Superman is known to everyone, so there is no point going into too much detail about how he came about. Krypton is a planet which is going to be destroyed as it has used up all of its natural resources and cannot survive. Jor-El(Crowe) and his wife Lara have just had a baby boy and he is the first natural birth on the planet in years. They fear for his safety so they send their so, Kal-El to Earth so he has a chance. They give him a genetic codex of the Krypton race and let him go. A baddie called General Zod(Shannon) and his crew are out to cause havoc and he kills Jor-El. He gets caught and he is put in a prison called the Phantom Zone to cool off! Krpyton is finally destroyed when the planet explodes and Zod and he crew are released.

Kal-El lands in Kansas where he finds a family.You know the story. He is called Clark Kent(Cavill) and he wanders the earth working in crappy jobs. A reporter called Lois Lane(Adams) is in the Arctic doing a story on a government discovery of an alien ship. It turns out that it from Krypton and Clark wanders aboard it and meets a hologram of Jor-El. He tells him where he came from etc. Lane comes aboard and she sees all of this and he rescues her when she gets into trouble. She writes a story about it for the Daily Planet but her editor rejects it. She finds out who this superman is but she keeps his secret which is handy. I didn't like the fact that Lois finds out who Superman is so early in the film. It didn't seem right to me.

Anyway, Clark embraces his superhuman side and becomes Superman. Zod arrives on Earth and threatens to kill everyone unless Superman comes with him. He does so. They are seeking the codex but Superman won't give it to them. Little do they know that it is in him and they fight to get it. The rest of the movie has awesome fights and special effects. I suppose that the old Superman movies can't compare in this way, but I have to say that I liked Christopher Reeve as Superman. Cavill does a decent job and he looks strong etc. Adams was likeable as Lois Lane. Shannon was very good as Zod. He is a good baddie and I liked him in this film. The movie ends with Clark starting work at the Daily Planet and of course, Lois already knows who he is, but will keep his secret. Hmmm. Not sure about that, but all in all, it was enjoyable.Lots of fighting and great special effects. I give it a 7/10.


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